If you were to make a list of the top goals or hopes most people have for their senior years, what would you include? Have you ever thought about it?
Financial security would likely rank rather high. And time with family would certainly be on the list. But, the number one subject on the minds of most senior citizens would be good health, and living a long and interesting life.
Typically, if you attend a seminar on good health for seniors, you’ll hear a lot about diet and exercise. But recently, research has shown that the seniors are who are most content and consistently live the longest and have the lowest prevalence of health problems are not necessarily those who put the most effort into following a strict diet or exercise program. Put simply, the senior citizens who are the most successful at being healthy and active, and live the longest, are the ones who obsess the least about being successful.
The decision to look into assisted living for yourself or a family member is never an easy one. There seem to be more questions than answers. Is it the right time? Will I be comfortable? Will my mother still have some independence? How will Dad be treated by the staff?
It’s not a decision to be made lightly. It is, after all, a move to a very different type of environment. Some people may recognize that they need some additional help, and it’s just not safe to live alone anymore. Others have grown tired of the upkeep of a large home, and prefer to downsize to a smaller home that offers amenities like laundry service and meal preparation. Family members may worry about falls or medical issues, and circumstances may not allow them to move a parent into their own home. Those diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s have special needs, and it may not be possible for family to provide the structure and 24/7 supervision necessary to ensure their safety.